Our oil sands projects are some of the most efficient in the industry, however they produce a variety of air emissions, including nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SO2), methane, carbon dioxide (CO2) and volatile organic compounds.
Managing our local air pollutants and emissions is a focus area for our company. We’re actively working to both monitor and reduce the emissions associated with producing oil.
Monitoring our local air pollutants and emissions
We continue to monitor and track our local air pollutants and emissions by:
- Installing continuous emissions monitoring systems on equipment at our oil sands assets
- Surveying our operations with leak detection equipment in order to identify excessive emissions if they do occur
- Measuring one of the key indicators of emissions - inlet sulphur - continuously at our oil sands assets to determine if the level of emissions is changing
- Monitoring ambient air quality through either our monitoring stations or in association with local partnerships to ensure air quality is always at acceptable levels
Addressing our local air pollutants and emissions
We continue working to reduce and eliminate our local air pollutants and emissions by:
- Improving how we collect data – more accurate data helps us to determine ways to reduce our impact even further
- Installing scavenger units at each of our oil sands facilities for sulphur removal per the limits set by Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act
- Implementing flue gas recirculation technology where appropriate to significantly reduce NOX emissions
- Engaging in discussions with government to help develop effective air quality policies at provincial and federal levels
Check out our most recent corporate responsibility report for a complete look at how we’re managing our greenhouse gas emissions, methane emissions, CO2 emissions and air quality.